Eaton Plans To Power European Soccer Stadiums With Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

Eaton plans to power European soccer stadiums with old Nissan Leaf batteries

OSLO, Norway — U.S. industrial conglomerate Eaton, which uses second-hand Nissan electric vehicle batteries to power buildings, is in talks with up to six European football stadiums to help power their facilities, according to a senior executive. Eaton, a New York-listed firm that makes hydraulics, truck transmissions and other industrial products, says the market is niche but expects it to grow up to 20 times between now and 2022. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, Eaton estimates the potential market value to be $2.3 billion by 2025. What to do with the used batteries of electric vehicles is becoming a growing concern as their use expands with that of electric cars, which accounted for 1.5% of the 86 million cars sold globally last year, according to researchers JATO Dynamics. Eaton takes the cells from the batteries of Japanese carmaker Nissan's returned Leaf electric vehicles and repackages them into new units, a product it calls xStorage, to store power in buildings, both industrial and residential. It has already equipped the Netherlands' Johan Cruyff Arena, the legendary home of the Ajax football team, among other buildings, with what it calls "second-life batteries." Its latest project was in Oslo's Bislett athletics stadium in Norway, which is partly powered by solar panels. "The football stadium community is interested. From significant ones, (we are talking) with 5-6 stadiums in Europe." Eaton's senior vice president Craig McDonnell said in an interview on the sidelines of a presentation at Bislett stadium. With the exception of Tesla, which it sees as a competitor in the storage business, the firm is also talking with other automakers to expand its offering. McDonnell declined to give names. Eaton says its xStorage solution is 20% cheaper than a new battery, and every Nissan Leaf car can produce four such units. It is among the large-scale commercial ones in the developing market, with other projects run by German automaker BMW which supplies second-hand batteries from its i3 electric vehicles to store wind-farm produced electricity.

Mazda's Skyactiv-x Power And Efficiency Ratings Released In Europe

Mazda's Skyactiv-X power and efficiency ratings released in Europe

Mazda's long-awaited Skyactiv-X engine is finally headed for production, though not yet for the United States. The Japanese automaker says "various European countries" will get access to the unique engine in the Mazda3 starting this fall. Still, the announcement is relevant to the rest of us because we now have official power levels and fuel efficiency numbers that we can use to compare the Skyactiv-X with other engines offered in the compact Mazda.

First, the power. According to Mazda, the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X makes 178 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. By way of comparison, the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine currently used in the Mazda3 here in the States makes 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Sure, it's a little less powerful, but note that the displacements don't match and remember that the real reason the Skyactiv-X exists is to reduce fuel consumption.

Nra Turns Down Power Companies Requests

NRA turns down power companies requests

Japan's nuclear regulators have turned down requests by power companies to extend the timeframes for installing anti-terror facilities at their nuclear power plants.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday decided to order, in principle, the suspension of operations at the plants if the deadlines for building standby control rooms are not met.

Tdk Chirp Sonictrack Power 6-dof In The Best Vr Systems

TDK Chirp SonicTrack Power 6-DoF in The Best VR Systems

Ultrasonic fingerprint readers have made their mass-market debut, but there are other uses for ultrasonic technology in today’s gadgets. For example, TDK subsidiary Chirp Microsystems is powering a number of Virtual Reality (VR) systems, including the HTC Vive Focus and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR.

Both VR headset use 6-DoF, which means Degrees of Freedom. It means that the user can not only look around by turning his/her head around but can also move forward, backward, left, right, up and down. This is key to having immersive 3D worlds.

Old Nissan Ev Batteries Power Opus Camping Trailer For A Week

Old Nissan EV batteries power Opus camping trailer for a week

One of the less-talked about aspects of electric cars is what we'll do with batteries once they've worn down. Nissan has come up with a clever idea for how they could be used to provide power while camping, and it teamed with trailer manufacturer Opus to show it off.

The solution in question is called the Nissan ROAM, and it's a little cube full of old lithium-ion battery cells from "first-generation Nissan electric vehicles," which we assume includes the original Nissan Leaf, that hooks up to the Air Opus trailer shown above. This bundle of cells can store up to 700Wh of electricity, and can provide power output up to 1kW. It features a variety of outlets for powering small devices and appliances, and supplies power to the onboard lights and heating.

Kyushu Electric Power To Scrap Genkai No.2 Reactor

Kyushu Electric Power to scrap Genkai No.2 reactor

The operator of a nuclear power plant in western Japan has decided to scrap an aging reactor at the facility.

Kyushu Electric Power Company reached the decision at an extraordinary board meeting on Wednesday about the No. 2 reactor at its Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture.

Mazda Slovakia Brochure Reveals Skyactiv-x Euro Power Numbers

Mazda Slovakia brochure reveals Skyactiv-X Euro power numbers

After driving a prototype of Mazda's Skyactiv-X engine in a Mazda3 in January last year, we wrote, "If you want to talk numbers, they're understandably fuzzy. The Skyactiv-X tune isn't final yet, so horsepower and torque figures are a moving target." They're no longer fuzzy in Slovakia, where a brochure for the new Mazda3 sells final figures as 181 metric horsepower and 222 Newton-meters, or 178 horsepower

and 164 pound-feet.